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Specialist Speech and Language Therapist/Band 5-6 Development post

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust are looking to recruit a band 6 Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) to work with adults with learning disabilities (LD) in South Durham. The successful post holder will be based in South Durham and primarily work with service users living in the South Durham area, however there may be a requirement to cover a wider locality depending on the service need (Darlington and Teesside).

This post is advertised as a Band 6, however Band 5-6 development would be considered for the right candidate. In this scenario you would be supported in your development by a Clinical Lead SLT and work towards a developmental framework within an agreed time scale.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assess and treat communication difficulties and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The successful applicant will work alongside a team of health and social care professionals including other speech & language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, support workers and associate practitioners. The post holder will also work with SLT associate practitioners and be expected to delegate and supervise their work. The caseload is varied and intervention is completed as part of a multi-disciplinary team, committed to collaborative working and focusing on the provision of a high quality, evidence based service.

The successful applicant with have a degree in Speech & Language Therapy and experience working with adults with learning disabilities, mental health difficulties and/or complex needs. They will have knowledge of related issues and influencing national and local directives. They will preferably be competent in the assessment and treatment of eating, drinking & swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).

The post holder will be part of a dynamic SLT Learning Disability and Mental Health service, with well defined peer support, supervision systems and CPD opportunities. There may be an occasional requirement to provide assessment, advice and intervention to other Trust areas, including inpatient units.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description and person specification attached for further details additionally further information can be gained from the lead contact.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Post-graduate training in specialist areas relevant to the role e.g. Intensive Interaction, Talking Mats, Dysphagia, Autism etc. (or willingness to achieve within agreed timescale)
  • Clinical Supervisory Skills course.
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (within an agreed timescale)
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Membership of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists



  • Significant experience in Speech and Language Therapy including experience working with service users in mental health or learning disabilities with complex needs
  • Experience of working in a MDT
  • Experience of teaching/training
  • Post graduate dysphagia training and experience in relevant clinical area
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision
  • Experience of supervising students on placement



  • National guidance and key standards in own specialist area
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act and its application in practice.
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • Significant knowledge of the needs and difficulties of service in designated specialist area.
  • Significant knowledge of evidence based practice in designated specialist area

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Green Lane Council Offices

Green Lane


DL16 6JQ

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